18 Mar '17, 9pm

Grief on social media and reaching closure through disclosure - The Straits Times

Grief on social media and reaching closure through disclosure - The Straits Times

A former schoolmate lost her father late last year. His struggle was swift and brutal; just two months and his heart failed him. A week after his funeral, she made a heartbreaking post on social media, expressing her futile yearning to hear his keys turn in the lock once more. I could almost feel her heartache as I read her words even though we have grown distant. For her, it must have been a means of catharsis. Her way of expressing grief is not uncommon these days in my social circle. A former colleague of mine documented her mother's cancer fight on Facebook and Instagram a couple of years back, and I have seen numerous posts on Facebook paying tribute to loved ones who had passed away. I guess it is natural since many in my generation live our lives on social media. But it also got me wondering what made me so averse to the idea four years ago. At 22, I lost my mother ...

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